[A Malay Boy, Native Of Bencoolen.]
Stipple with etching on paper watermarked 'J. Whatman', proof before letters. 210 x 160mm, 8¼ x 6¼". A fine proof impression, with large margins, in black ink.
Vivid and expressive portrait from life of an unnamed boy from Bengkulu (Bencoolen), on the west coast of the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. The plate was used to illustrate William Marsden's 'The History of Sumatra, containing an account of the Government, Laws, Customs, and Manners of the native inhabitants...' (first published 1783). After Thomas Heaphy (1775 - 1835).
[Ref: 17595] £160.00